Dozens of rounds of ammunition were found in a San Antonio home that resulted in the local bomb squad being called to safely dispose of the aging, weathered ammunition early last year.
The San Antonio Fire Department received a call about the ammunition at 2:45 p.m. from the homeowner. They were informed that a family member of the homeowner found over 75 rounds of ammunition in a sealed box, according to Capt. Troy Balcar of the Fire Department.
The concern for the department was that the ammunition had been exposed to rain, cold, and heat and could be unstable making it a ticking time bomb that could explode at any moment.
“This is definitely a big danger, because they’ve been under there so long,” Balcar said. “They’ve rusted, they’ve been exposed to the weather, elements outside so we definitely want to get them disposed of as quickly as possible.”
According to the date on the box, the ammunition was allegedly over 40 years old. Over the next three hours, multiple homes within a two-mile radius were evacuated for safety purposes.
The suspected man who owned the ammunition and stored it under his home was the previous homeowner. A family member of the homeowner claimed that a World War II veteran, who served more than 30 years in the military, used to live there until he passed away a few years ago.
Ironically, this isn’t the first time the bomb squad had to come out to this home to dispose of ammunition. A week earlier, the same department was called to come dispose of shotgun shells that were found in the home.
It seems that the veteran preferred to keep his guns and ammunition close to him at all times. The shotgun shells that had to be “disposed of” weren’t a danger to anyone in the home. They were in their packaging and looked relatively new.
The new homeowners are apparently not a fan of guns and ammunition. Hard to believe in the heart of Texas.